The Centaur

The Centaur

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ÉTRANGER
 
The Centaur is a modern retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded yet unable to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus becomes small-town Olinger High School; Chiron is George Caldwell, a science teacher there; and Prometheus is Caldwell’s fifteen-year-old son, Peter. Brilliantly conflating the author’s remembered past with tales from Greek mythology, John Updike translates Chiron’s agonized search for relief into the incidents and accidents of three winter days spent in rural Pennsylvania in 1947. The result, said the judges of the National Book Award, is “a courageous and brilliant account of a conflict in gifts between an inarticulate American father and his highly articulate son.”

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine Books, 1996
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
ISBN: 9780449912164
0449912167
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 10, 2013

"No, I'm sorry, we don't hire dirty centaurs." This was the inspiration for the classic SNL sketch!

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GrumpyDave
Dec 06, 2010

1964 National Book Award - Fiction

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